:to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality
- She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.
:to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)
- He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
:to undergo passive experience of
- continually felt the resentment of his competitors
:to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by
:to ascertain by cautious trial
—usually used with out
- feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements
:to be aware of by instinct or inference
:to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
- lost the ability to feel in his fingertips
:to search for something by using the sense of touch
- She felt in her purse for her keys.
:to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition
:to have a marked sentiment or opinion
- it feels like spring today
:to have sympathy or pity
:to have an inclination for